Movie Review: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition Blu-ray Combo Pack

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the DVD I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

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 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition was directed by Zack Snyder from a screenplay written by Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer. The film stars Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne and Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent, with Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, Holly Hunter as Senator Finch, and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince.

Possible spoilers ahead! The movie picks up two years after the events of Man of Steel that left Metropolis devastated. The loss of life and destruction that was left behind has turned some of the people against Superman while others are worshipping him like a god. Clark/Superman is having a hard time dealing with this while Bruce Wayne/Batman enters the picture and decides he should do something about it. Batman thinks Superman is a threat to humanity so he wants to destroy him. Batman quickly finds out that he’s no match for the last Son of Krypton so he regroups and comes up with a new game plan that evens his odds. The two heroes finally battle it out on a more even battleground while something sinister is going on close to them.

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While the two superheroes battle it out, Lex Luthor has his own game plan in full effect. He’s kind of played the two heroes against each other to give him enough time to create a new monster to unleash up the world. Doomsday is born and the two superheroes have to come together to try and stop this destructive new threat. This is also where Diana Prince/Wonder Woman shows what she can do and she does so in a very impressive way. “The Trinity” is formed for the first time to defeat Doomsday but in doing so, one of them has to make the ultimate sacrifice to save the Earth.

To me, the story for Batman v Superman is the achilles heel of the movie. It spends way too much time on some things that don’t really matter and it slows the movie down some in the beginning. I guess this could also be blamed on the editing. I remember the Death of Superman storyline in the comics and I still have my black bag issue. They tried to blend this storyline into new material and it was okay for the most part. The first act is heavy on key relationships and is extremely slow. The middle starts to pick things up some and we finally get to see some visual magic. The best part of the movie is easily the final act where the heroes collide and their nemesis finally shows up to cause lots of destruction. This is also where “The Trinity” is ultimately formed to defeat this Kryptonian bioweapon that was created by Lex Luthor.

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Zack Snyder has always relied heavily on CGI and visual stunts and Batman v Superman is no different. There’s a lot of green screen used here and most of the effects look really good. The movie is SFX heavy! There was this one scene with Superman that didn’t look like it was finished. Still, I liked the way the movie went back and forth from Metropolis to Gotham where we get to see some of the Batcave that also included a few Easter Eggs. All of the sets were impressive looking and massive in scale. Cool sets with lots of special effects and explosions, that’s what you get with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

With all of this excitement comes latest incarnation of Batman who brings along his high-tech gadgets that include the all-new Batmobile and Batwing and they both looked great. Each new cinematic Batman always gets a new ride! Henry Cavill continues to do a fantastic job with his character where Ben Affleck takes over the mantle of the Dark Knight and does an impressive job with it. Gal Gadot doesn’t get a lot of screen time but once she shows up to help fight Doomsday, she gets to show off some and it’s a lot of fun seeing this heroine finally make her big screen debut. This is where “The Trinity” first comes together that will ultimately lead to the formation of the Justice League which is also teased. The foundation has been laid.

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The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. All 3-discs feature the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition discs were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was a really good watch that included moments of excellence. The only flaw the movie has is that it’s extremely slow in the beginning and about midways through it finally begins to find its legs and once we get to the final act it is full on action. I know you have to set things up but don’t take so much time doing so. Anyway, the characters are still what drive the movie and you end up feeling for what these heroes are going through, especially Superman who is dealing with the aftermath (destruction and loss of life) from Man of Steel and it’s weighing heavy on his heart. Batman is also dealing with his own personal demons and he’s just angry. This first big screen pairing of these superheroes was a flawed but fun watch and I can’t wait to see more from this new DCU on the big screen. This Ultimate Edition includes two versions of Batman v Superman so you have your choice. The R-rated version is much longer and includes a little more violence but nothing too crazy. This Blu ray+DVD+Digital HD Combo Pack releases on July 19th and is worth checking out.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: Theatrical Version – 152 Minutes / Ultimate Edition – 182 Minutes

Rated: Theatrical Version – PG-13 / Ultimate Edition – R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: Dolby Atmos

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen

DVD Audio: Dolby Digital

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: Good Stuff! There’s over 2 hours of featurettes. This Ultimate Edition Combo Pack also features an R-rated extended cut of the film which includes 30 more minutes of story and action not seen in theaters as well as the theatrical version.

  • Uniting the World’s Finest (15:05)
  • Gods and Men: A Meeting of Giants (12:28)
  • The Warrior, The Myth, The Wonder (21:16)
  • Accelerating Design: The New Batmobile (22:46)
  • Superman: Complexity & Truth (07:08)
  • Batman: Austerity & Rage (08:15)
  • Wonder Woman: Grace & Power (06:48)
  • Batcave: Legacy of the Lair (07:!2)
  • The Might and the Power of a Punch (05:15)
  • The Empire of Luthor (12:33)
  • Save the Bats (04:37)

 

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